Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA)
Photographic Logs for 2015
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ642) with 667 Squadron (HQ Director Army Aviation Development and Trials) in February 2015.

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Thursday September 10, 2015 The day was dominated by a C-130J Hercules making a series of landings and touch-and-goes. A Gazelle visited twice and the very nice former Royal Navy Sea King also made an appearance.
Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691 'S') of 671 Squadron (The School of Army Aviation).
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691 'S').
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691 'S').
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH882) for the full story click Deptford Down
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Left to right: Sea King HU.5SAR (ZA137 '820') in 771 Naval Air Squadron markings, it is now operating with QinetiQ at Boscombe Down.
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Left to right: Sea King HU.5SAR (ZA137 '820').
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Left to right: Sea King HU.5SAR (ZA137 '820').

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Merlin HC.3 (ZJ128 'M') of 846 Naval Air Squadron.
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Friday June 12, 2015 With my good friend Max flying in from Italy I was hoping he had a good day. However it was very slow and apart from a Squirrel the only descent movement was a Royal Navy Merlin which was caught in a confined area and again on the DZ.
Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ128 'M') using callsign 'Commando 510' of 846 Naval Air Squadron.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ128 'M') using callsign 'Commando 510' of 846 Naval Air Squadron.

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Tuesday June 9, 2015 The Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') made another vitis to the DZ along with a Squirrel HT.1 recently fitted with cable cutters. The 8 Flight AAC Dauphin swiftly moved around the DZ. The Apache was well caught in the Confined area.
Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ243 '43') using callsign 'AA718' of 670 (Training) Squadron
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Apache AH.1 (ZJ193) callsign 'Panther 80' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron in the Pennings.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ193) callsign 'Panther 80' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: AS.365N3 Dauphin (ZJ782) of 8 Flight AAC based at Credenhill, Hereford. 8 Flight Army Air Corps provides the Special Air Service (SAS) with their own light Special Operations Aviation support, it is also used for counter-terrorism.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 756' of 671 Squadron.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K').

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Thursday June 4, 2015 Another opportunity to shoot Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') now that the student training course is in full swing. The day ended with a Lynx AH.7 dropping in to the confined area was caught just in time before it pushed briefly on to the pinnacle.
Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 756'.
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Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') of 671 Squadron with a student at the controls on the DZ.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 760' of 671 Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ232) callsign 'Panther 84' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ232) callsign 'Panther 84'.
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ651 'O') of 671 Squadron using callsign 'Army Air 756' dropping in to the Pennings 'Garden'.
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ651 'O') of 671 Squadron using callsign 'Army Air 756'.
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ651 'O') of 671 Squadron.
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ651 'O') of 671 Squadron on the pinnacle.

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Wednesday April 22, 2015 A morning on DD then switching to EvDZ paid off with the Bell 212 in the CCDA practising 'brown out' cconditions.
Left to right: Agusta-Westland AW-109E Power Elite (ZE416) and Gazelle HT.3 (ZB625) both of the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) based at Boscombe Down.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ249 '49') using callsign 'AA702' of 670 (Training) Squadron at the Lindens.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ213) using callsign 'Panther 83'.
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Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') of 671 Squadron based at Middle Wallop practising 'brown out' conditions in the CCDA.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'AA760' of 671 Squadron at the first touch down point in the CCDA.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K').
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K').
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K').

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Apache AH.1 (ZJ185) callsign 'Panther 89' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron at Middle Wallop
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Tuesday April 14, 2015 A day around EvDZ and the confined areas produced a variety of helicopters from Middle Wallop.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ185) callsign 'Panther 89'.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ185) callsign 'Panther 89'.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ246 '46') callsign 'Army Air 712' in the Pennings.
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Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ246 '46') of 670 (Training) Squadron based at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ246 '46') of 670 (Training) Squadron across to the Lindens triangle.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ246 '46') and again in two other locations.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ246 '46').
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Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') of 671 Squadron at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') using callsign 'Army Air 735' of 671 Squadron.
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Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') of 671 Squadron based at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 760' of 671 Squadron.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') of 671 Squadron.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') of 671 Squadron.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') of 671 Squadron.

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Sea King HU.5SAR (ZA137 '820') in 771 Naval Air Squadron markings
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Wednesday March 4, 2015 The third time in as many weeks on Salisbury Plain hoping to catch the former Royal Navy Sea King which is now operated by QinetiQ at Boscombe Down. After a quiet hour on DD I decided to go across to EVDZ I made it in time to get the elusive Sea King which was followed by a Chinook. Early afternoon with the DZ being marked out for a para-drop and with 'Marine 13' calling for DD we dashed back there to make a different Wildcat and later a Lynx AH.7. Very pleased with the decision to move which today worked out very nicely.
Left to right: Sea King HU.5SAR (ZA137 '820') in 771 Naval Air Squadron markings, using callsign 'Gauntlet 34' it is now operating with QinetiQ at Boscombe Down.
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Left to right: Sea King HU.5SAR (ZA137 '20').
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Left to right: Sea King HU.5SAR (ZA137 '20').
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Left to right: Sea King HU.5SAR (ZA137 '20').
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Chinook HC.3 (ZH904) of 18/27 Squadron Odiham Wing it was using 'Vortex 464' callsign.
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Chinook HC.3 (ZH904) of 18/27 Squadron Odiham Wing.
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Agusta-Westland AW-159 Lynx Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ409) using callsign 'Recon 21' in AAC markings.
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ409)
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ409)
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ651 'O') of 671 Squadron, door open visor down.
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ651 'O') of 671 Squadron using callsign 'Army Air 752'.
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ651 'O') of 671 Squadron.
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ651 'O') of 671 Squadron.

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Tuesday February 24, 2015 A very windy day on DD with plenty of interesting visitors throughout the day.
Left to right: Lynx AH.7 (XZ642) callsign 'Army Air 675'. Operated by 667 Squadron (HQ Director Army Aviation Development and Trials) at Middle Wallop it is fitted with engine exhaust diffusers.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ248 '48') callsign 'Army Air 729'.
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Eurocopter AS.365N3 Dauphin (ZJ783) of 8 Flight, 658 Squadron AAC.
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Left to right: AS.365N3 Dauphin (ZJ783) of 8 Flight AAC based at Credenhill, Hereford. 8 Flight Army Air Corps provides the Special Air Service (SAS) with their own light Special Operations Aviation support, it is also used for counter-terrorism. It made two visits during the day.
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Westland SA-341C Gazelle HT.3 (XZ939 '9') of QinetiQ / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) based at Boscombe Down.
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Left to right: SA-341C Gazelle HT.3 (XZ939 '9').
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Agusta-Westland AW-159 Lynx Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ390) using callsign 'Recon 22' with 652 Squadron AAC operating from RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ390).
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ390).
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ390).
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Merlin HC.3 (ZJ117 'A') with Royal Navy titles.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ117 'A') with Royal Navy titles and callsign 'Gauntlet 27' operated by QinetiQ from Boscombe Down.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ117 'A').
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ117 'A').

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Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') of 671 Squadron AAC.
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Tuesday February 17, 2015 Sunny all day but it was not until 12:30 did anything appear when a Gazelle entered the Confined Area dropping into three locations with very little hesitation. A 771 NAS Sea King and a Dauphin flew past the DZ. A 667 Squadron Lynx also stayed well clear apart from a few flypasts as did a Boscombe Gazelle. Another Gazelle and Squirrel were not quite so shy.
Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') of 671 Squadron AAC at the 'Triangle' and the first of three location in the Confined Area.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') of 671 Squadron (The School of Army Aviation).
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Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') of 671 Squadron
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') of 671 Squadron.
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Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') of 671 Squadron
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB692 'Y') of 671 Squadron.
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Lynx AH.7 (XZ642) with 667 Squadron (HQ Director Army Aviation Development and Trials).
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Left to right: Lynx AH.7 (XZ642) using callsign 'Army Air 675' it was flying out of Boscombe Down. It is operated by 667 Squadron (HQ Director Army Aviation Development and Trials) at Middle Wallop it is fitted with engine exhaust diffusers.
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Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691 'S') of 671 Squadron.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691 'S') of 671 Squadron (The School of Army Aviation).
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691 'S') of 671 Squadron.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ252 '52') of 670 (Training) Squadron, 2 Regiment AAC based at Middle Wallop.